Characters in D

user4567 user4567 at 1234.te
Sat Nov 2 20:58:06 UTC 2019

On Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 20:53:30 UTC, user4567 wrote:
> On Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 20:49:15 UTC, user4567 wrote:
>> On Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 18:45:50 UTC, Eugene wrote:
>>> On Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 18:26:57 UTC, user4567 wrote:
>>>> [...]
>>> "п" is represented by two code units, but "п"d is represented 
>>> by one code point, therefore 12 and 6 respectively. Function 
>>> dup manipulates by code units and represents their to char[]. 
>>> So?
>> Oh I see what you ask, in first place we thought that you 
>> didn't get the implication of encoding. So it's just a rule. 
>> If you use `char` literals they must be ascii.
>> The rationale could be that this rule avoid bad surprises on 
>> the length of the array, otherwise I cant imagine anything 
>> else. ONly original designers (so Bright) must know the exact 
>> rationale... cant say more.
> Actually you asked why isn't there an implicit encoding if I 
> understand correctly.

That would require special cases in the compiler and language 
semantics. Implicit encoding would only be possible when a char 
literal is an array element. special cases in semantic are not 
nice IMO. "here we are in an array so the literal can be expanded 
to several bytes, here we're not in array so it's not allowed", 
you see ? Not nice because confusing.

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